ISSF World Cup: Shahzar Rizvi Clinches Gold As Mehuli Ghosh, Jitu Rai Settle For Bronze

| March 4 , 2018 , 16:23 IST

Marking a historic day for Indian shooters, India won three medals at the 2018 ISSF World Cup Series in Guadalajara, Mexico. Among 6 Indian participants on day 1, two made the nation proud by clinching medals in their maiden World Cup appearances.

Shahzar Rizvi shot a world record 242.3 in the 10m air pistol event's final against reigning Olympic champion Christian Reitz of Germany to win a gold whereas the 17-year-old Mehuli Ghosh clinched bronze in the Women’s 10m Air Rifle final with a score of 228.4. 

While Rizvi has earlier participated in the 2014 ISSF World Championship as a junior placed ninth, Mehuli claimed the junior continental title in Asian Championship last year. Ace shooter Jitu Rai clinched a bronze in the 10m air pistol event's final with a score of 219.

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Three of India's shooters made it to the podium but another praise-worthy performance was showcased by Om Prakash Mitharval who couldn't make it in the winner's frame but finished at fourth spot with the credible score of 198.4 points nonetheless.

At the women's shooting event, Anjum Moudgil missed the podium just by few points as she claimed the fourth spot with 208.6 points whereas Apurvi Chandela had to be satisfied with the seventh position due to her 144.1 points.

In men's finals, Jitu and Om Prakash maintained their positions at the end of the finals but Shahzar turned the tables and stayed ahead of the classy German throughout the length of the 24-shot final. A total of 33 shooters have been sent to Mexico by India to participate in 15 events.